San Leandro Recognized by U.S. Conference of Mayors

Mayor Stephen Cassidy

Mayor Stephen Cassidy

Mayor Stephen Cassidy

Mayor Stephen Cassidy

The U.S. Conference of Mayors at its annual meeting last week in Las Vegas passed a resolution recognizing San Leandro as among the cities across the country that “have taken the initiative to implement their own local gigabit-speed networks,” which is seen as a key effort to spur innovators to create new businesses and industries, spark connectivity among citizens and services, incentivize investment in high-tech industries, and create jobs. Thecommendation was part of the resolution in support of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) “Gigabit City Challenge,” an initiative calling for at least one gigabit community in all 50 states by 2015 in order to accelerate the creation of a critical mass of markets and innovation hubs with ultra-fast Internet speeds. The resolution was supported by nearly 200 mayors from across the country, “The U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes that gigabit-speed broadband is creating new businesses and jobs and serving as a catalyst for greater investment and creativity in communities across the nation,” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy. “Lit San Leandro, our gigabit network, is helping transform San Leandro into a center of innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area.” In February, then-Chairman Julius Genachowski of the FCC visited San Leandro to acknowledge the unique public/private partnership that created San Leandro’s fiber optic network, known at Lit San Leandro. In a keynote address to local business leaders, city staff and residents, Genachowski declared San Leandro “a model for the country.”
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